Crackler

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Crackler
The Crackler in Godzilla: The Series
Species Electromagnetic energy entity
Height 56 meters[1][note 1]
Weight 100 tons[1]
Relations Sydney Walker (creator)
Enemies H.E.A.T., Godzilla
Designed by Fil Barlow
First appearance Godzilla: The Series
episode 7, "What Dreams May Come"
Roar(s)

The Crackler is an electromagnetic projection monster who appears in episode 7 of Godzilla: The Series, "What Dreams May Come."

Design[edit | edit source]

The Crackler has a lanky body structure with four legs with one claw on each foot, and two arms with three fingers on each. Its head contains six eyes and features two tusks on the lower jaw and a horn at the tip of its snout.

Origins[edit | edit source]

The Crackler was formed by the brainwaves of a man named Sydney Walker, who was undergoing Theta wave therapy to cure his insomnia. While the experimental therapy sent Walker into a very deep slumber, it also amplified his brain waves, and, due to his having suppressed his anger for 45 years, allowed his subconscious to create a physical, purely electromagnetic, non-living entity. The being then attacked locations Walker would have hidden anger towards, such as his loud, arguing neighbors in his apartment building and his hazardous job at a bus station.

History[edit | edit source]

Godzilla: The Series[edit | edit source]

"What Dreams May Come"[edit | edit source]

The Crackler appeared out of nowhere and drained the energy of a lone building in Manhattan, New York City, and destroyed much of it, disappearing soon after. The H.E.A.T. crew investigated. Mendel Craven used N.I.G.E.L. to analyze the air, and Craven suggested that whatever attacked the building could have originated from inside. Niko Tatopoulos received a call from Monique Dupre, who said that the monster was in the city's bus yards. Nick took Mendel and N.I.G.E.L. to the bus yards, while the other members of H.E.A.T. stayed behind.

The Crackler appeared in the bus yards and destroyed several buses. Monique soon met up with Nick and Craven, and worked with Nick to save some civilians trapped inside a building by the Crackler, while Mendel sent N.I.G.E.L. close to the Crackler to get a reading on it. Monique and Nick rescued the civilians, but the Crackler destroyed the front of the building and prevented them from escaping. Nick led everyone to another part of the building, but the Crackler destroyed the way to the exit. Fortunately, Nick managed to lead the civilians to another escape. N.I.G.E.L. caught the Crackler's attention, prompting the monster to destroy the robot. N.I.G.E.L.'s readings indicated that the Crackler was made up of pure electromagnetic energy. The Crackler chased Monique, Nick and Craven and corners them. However, just then Godzilla arrived on the scene. Godzilla used his atomic breath on the Crackler, but it absorbed the energy from the attack and grew larger. Godzilla began attacking the Crackler with his physical attacks, and created a cloud of smoke after hitting it into a parking lot, after which the Crackler vanished.

Back at the building, Elsie Chapman and Randy Hernandez investigated a man named Sydney Walker. They learned that he was quiet, never complained, and that he worked with electricity, which electrocuted him all of the time though he never complained about it. When H.E.A.T. finally reconvened, they theorized that Walker secretly hated his job and everyone around him. Craven dubbed the creature "the Crackler," and Elsie told Nick about a place where they might find out more about Sydney Walker. Nick, Monique and Craven went looking for the Crackler, while Elsie and Randy left to find out more about Walker. Elsie and Randy asked for Walker at a laboratory, but the secretary denied there was anyone called Sydney Walker in that building. Randy set off a cherry bomb sound, sending everyone outside, as he hacked into the computer and learned that Walker was in Lab 13. They went inside and found two scientists, who revealed that they were trying to cure Walker's insomnia. After they put him to sleep a week before, they were never able to wake him up again. They tried various stimulants to wake him up, and it only managed to cause various spikes in Walker's brainwaves at certain times. The brainwave spikes correlated to the Crackler appearing. Walker was theorized to subconsciously control the Crackler with his extreme suppressed anger.

Walker's brainwaves spiked once again, and the Crackler appeared near a baseball stadium. Monique, Craven, and Nick used a gun that fired the same electromagnetism that composed the Crackler at it, causing the Crackler to collapse to the ground. In retaliation, the Crackler fired a blast of lightning at them. They escaped their van just before it was destroyed, and called to check on Elsie and Randy. Elsie unplugged wires connected to Walker using a special suit, but the Crackler was still at the baseball stadium and was attacking everything in sight due to Walker not controlling it anymore. The Crackler rampaged and crouches near a body of water, intending to use its electric attacks, but Godzilla suddenly jumps out. Godzilla and the Crackler battled once again, as Walker finally woke up. Nick, Mendel and Monique conducted their electromagnetic guns at a flagpole, causing a beam bounce off of it and strike the Crackler just before it could fire lightning at Godzilla. Godzilla burrowed underground, surfaced behind the Crackler, and dragged it down. The Crackler surfaced and tried to run away from Godzilla. Meanwhile, Walker was becoming annoyed by Randy, which had a negative effect on the Crackler. Godzilla caught up with the Crackler and dodged an electromagnetic jab straight to his face. The Crackler picked up a giant metal globe and prepared to throw it at Godzilla. Nick encouraged Randy to keep annoying Walker, which he did until Walker snapped, letting his suppressed anger escape his subconscious. The Crackler threw the globe at Godzilla, who fired his atomic breath at the globe, setting it aflame and launching it at the Crackler, which exploded once it struck it.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Electricity manipulation[edit | edit source]

The Crackler can manipulate electricity and use it to power up its own attacks.

Lightning bursts[edit | edit source]

The Crackler can shoot out lightning bursts.

Electric balls[edit | edit source]

The Crackler can fire electric balls from the palms of its hands in the Godzilla: The Series Game Boy Color game.

Absorption[edit | edit source]

The Crackler is able to absorb the energy from Godzilla's atomic fire breath and use it to increase its size.

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

After being disconnected from Sydney Walker, the Crackler was sent into a state of pure rage, attacking everything around it. After H.E.A.T. used a flag pole as a conductor to build up enough charge identical to that of the Crackler, the charge had nowhere to go except the Crackler. The Crackler was then blasted off of Godzilla. Due to the Crackler being created by the brainwaves of Walker, who had suppressed his anger for 45 years, after Randy managed to make Walker release his rage, the Crackler started to vanish and lose power. When the creature began to vanish it threw a globe at Godzilla, who blasted the globe back at the creature, causing it to explode.

Video games[edit | edit source]

Godzilla: The Series[edit | edit source]

The Crackler was a monster made of pure electromagnetic energy that was created by boosting the brainwaves of Sidney Walker in an attempt to cure his insomnia. After his first rampage in the city, H.E.A.T. and Godzilla (Godzilla: The Series) arrived to try and stop it. It quickly destroyed their research probe N.I.G.E.L. before attacking Godzilla with balls of electricity in three separate segments throughout the first level. After reaching about half-health, it retreats for the first time. After Godzilla reaches the bus depot, he fights Crackler to very low health before Randy Hernandez antagonizes Sydney Walker until he allows himself to feel his own anger, weakening Crackler considerably. This allowed Godzilla to deliver the finishing blow.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Crackler/Gallery.

In other languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Japan.png Japanese クラックラー[2] Kurakkurā Transliteration of English name
Flagicon Russia.png Russian Крэсклер Transliteration of English name


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Crackler shares some similarities with the kaiju Gabara from All Monsters Attack. Both monsters come from a character's dreams, both possess electrical attacks, and both have roars that sound like cackling laughter.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Crackler. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Toho Kingdom Monster Profile: Crackler
  2. Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. 1 January 2000. p. 65. ISBN 978-4091014702.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. While the Crackler's profile on the now-defunct official website for Godzilla: The Series stated its height as 56 meters (~184 feet), Randy Hernandez gives its height as 300 feet (91.44 meters) in the Godzilla: The Series video game for the Game Boy Color. It is possible this reflects the Crackler's growth after absorbing energy from Godzilla's atomic breath.

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